The American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM) is the profession’s bible of diagnosis. Its fifth edition, set for May, radically broadens the understanding of what constitutes abnormal behavior—and already is generating controversy. Gary Greenberg, a practicing psychotherapist and author of The Book of Woe, offers an exposé of DSM-5, revealing what he calls the deeply flawed process by which mental disorders are invented and uninvented and arguing that this new edition will encourage increased diagnosis and increased prescriptions—including medications whose consequences aren’t well-understood. Dr. Greenberg is joined in conversation by Dr. Philip Cushman, a core faculty member in the Psy.D. program at Seattle’s Antioch University.
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